More than 5,500 people attended its 2010 Annual Meeting & Exposition last week in Los Angeles, ASAE announced on Friday. Because this year's meeting attracted 700 more association professionals and 100 more exhibitors than last year's, that's good news for the association industry, according to ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV.
"The numbers from the 2010 Annual Meeting are very encouraging not only to ASAE, but to the entire association community," Graham said in a statement. "We believe the positive growth is a good sign that associations and the entire nonprofit community are slowly rebounding from the down economy. This doesn't mean the tough times are behind us, but it's a promising indicator that we're trending in the right direction."
ASAE's final 2010 attendance was 5,522, which included 2,856 executives, compared to 2,183 in 2009; 1,894 exhibitors, compared to 1,798; and 772 other participants—including guests, spouses, press, volunteers, vendors and staff—compared to 920. A total of 439 companies exhibited at the event, versus 436 in 2009, occupying 733 booths. This year's expo hall ratio was 60 percent buyers to 40 percent sellers while last year's was 55 percent buyers to 45 percent sellers.
"The continued success of ASAE's Annual Meeting would not be possible without the passionate support of our members," Graham said. "Thanks to everyone for making this event possible."